#transchat is back! (with changes)
Transchatters! We wanted to let you all know that there is going to be a change in #transchat, back to the less formal original format that we used when Avory started #transchat back in fall of 2011.
Jen, Avory, and other awesome volunteers tried to make things more formal when we switched from twice a month to a monthly format, but we learned that this wasn’t really sustainable based on our schedules and the commitment required. It also unfortunately doesn’t eliminate problems around keeping the safe space, as Twitter is an open forum.
Avory will be coordinating #transchat again starting in January, and zie will be taking topic suggestions via hir Twitter, @queeractivist, and via e-mail at avoryfaucette [at] avoryfaucette [dot] com.
#transchat will continue to focus on topics of interest to trans folks of all backgrounds, and will be more of a social/identity/fun chat than a policy/legal one. We fully recognize that Twitter is not a safe space for everyone, and while we try to discourage hate speech, derailing, and other hurtful practices, we can’t stop people from speaking on the hashtag. We understand that folks need to disengage from time to time, and honor and respect that need.
If you have any constructive feedback or ideas for how to make chat safer, please let Avory know. We’ll see you the first Sunday of each month at 2pm EST!